It seems lately that there is nothing the Trump men love more than a secret meeting. Donald Trump Jr. isn’t the only Trump that held a secret meeting with Russians, it’s recently come to light that his father, President of the United States Donald Trump, also had an undisclosed meeting with none other than Russian President Vladimir Putin.
During the G20 summit in Germany the two presidents met once, which was already known to the world. Well, it was confirmed by the White House on Tuesday that a second meet up took place as well.
The original talk between the leaders was already under much scrutiny from the media, as Trump claimed that Putin denied that he had any involvement in interfering in the 2016 presidential election. Adding a second meeting, especially one that wasn’t immediately disclosed, does not look good for Trump.
According to President Trump, the second meeting was a brief one, lasting a mere 15 minutes. Trump described the meeting with Putin as nothing but an exchange of pleasantries, however, reporters say that the private conversation lasted for more than an hour. The only person in attendance besides Putin and Trump, was Putin’s translator.
It is especially concerning that the White House did not come forward to disclose the meeting on their own accord. The meeting was only acknowledged after it was publicly revealed by Ian Bremmer, the president of the international consulting firm Eurasia Group.
‘There were a lot of empty seats. Donald Trump got up from the table and sat down with Putin for about an hour. It was very animated and very friendly. Putin’s translator was translating. I found out about it because people were startled.’
Trump told the New York Times:
‘It was not a long conversation, but it was, you know, could be 15 minutes. Just talked about things. Actually, it was very interesting, we talked about adoption. … Interesting because it was a part of the conversation that Don had in that meeting.’
They talked about adoption. Where have we heard that line before? Oh, that’s right, from President Trump’s son, whom the White House tried to claim that a meeting between him and several people with ties to Russia was to discuss adoption. Fishy.
At the G20 dinner for the leaders and their spouses, Putin was seated right beside First Lady Melania Trump. On the exchange between himself and Putin, which occurred near dessert, Trump said:
‘I went down just to say hello to Melania, and while I was there I said hello to Putin.’
The White House has disputed reports that the administration was purposely attempting to keep the second meeting a secret, claiming that these claims were “false, malicious and absurd.”
However, amid a steady stream of uncovered private meetings between the Trump administration and Russian officials, it is not hard to believe that it was the intention of the White House to keep this Trump Putin meeting under wraps, since people are becoming increasingly concerned as the FBI continues their investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election.
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